Located about one-and-a-half hour's drive north of Dubai, Dreamland Aquapark is a well-maintained water park right next to the sea, containing a good number of quality slides.
The highlight of the park is a 'SpaceBowl', manufactured by Canadian water slide producer WhiteWater West: its centrifugal forces make you feel like you're being flushed down the toilet! Another must is the great salt water swimming pool which will have you float like on the Dead Sea. The 'Twisting Dragons' tunnel slides up the hill look harmless, but they'll have you whizzing down their intertwining bodies at speeds beyond belief.
Wild Wadi and Atlantis may be better, but this one is less busy and a great weekend break from the city.
Dreamland Aquapark in the northern United Arab Emirates
This water park isn't packed during weekdays
Bowl-shaped water slide
Sliders exit the bowl by plunging into a deep pool
This covered slide is extremely fast
Tourists shooting out of the Black Hole
Grabbing a tube
The wild way to run with it to the slide entrance
Waiting for a loved one
Salt water pool (you can't drown here)
Great for the kids
Hippos in the emirate of Umm al-Quain